Disclosure: Partial funding for this study was from an unrestricted gift from the Coca Cola Company to the University of Colorado Foundation.
Low/No calorie sweetened beverage consumption in the National Weight Control Registry
Article first published online: 10 JUL 2014
Copyright © 2014 The Obesity Society
Volume 22, Issue 10, pages 2244–2251, October 2014
How to Cite
Catenacci, V. A., Pan, Z., Thomas, J. G., Ogden, L. G., Roberts, S. A., Wyatt, H. R., Wing, R. R. and Hill, J. O. (2014), Low/No calorie sweetened beverage consumption in the National Weight Control Registry. Obesity, 22: 2244–2251. doi: 10.1002/oby.20834
Author contributions: Authors' responsibilities were as follows—VAC, LGO, JOH, SAR, RRW, and HRW designed the research; VAC and JGT conducted the research; LGO and XP analyzed the data. All authors were involved in manuscript preparation and reviewed the submitted versions.
- Issue published online: 26 SEP 2014
- Article first published online: 10 JUL 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 JUN 2014
- Manuscript Received: 23 MAY 2014
Vol. 24, Issue 2, 535, Article first published online: 23 NOV 2015
The aim of this cross-sectional study was to evaluate prevalence of and strategies behind low/no calorie sweetened beverage (LNCSB) consumption in successful weight loss maintainers.
An online survey was administered to 434 members of the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR, individuals who have lost ≥13.6 kg and maintained weight loss for > 1 year).
While few participants (10%) consume sugar-sweetened beverages on a regular basis, 53% regularly consume LNCSB. The top five reasons for choosing LNCSB were for taste (54%), to satisfy thirst (40%), part of routine (27%), to reduce calories (22%) and to go with meals (21%). The majority who consume LNCSB (78%) felt they helped control total calorie intake. Many participants considered changing patterns of beverage consumption to be very important in weight loss (42%) and maintenance (40%). Increasing water was by far the most common strategy, followed by reducing regular calorie beverages.
Regular consumption of LNCSB is common in successful weight loss maintainers for various reasons including helping individuals to limit total energy intake. Changing beverage consumption patterns was felt to be very important for weight loss and maintenance by a substantial percentage of successful weight loss maintainers in the NWCR.